This Week's TV: Fringe, Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, and a dozen other premieres!

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This is an absolutely massive week of television. There are a ton of new shows premiering, including Last Resort and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But also, a ton of shows are coming back, including Fringe, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Person of Interest, and DC Nation. There's also a totally separate Star Wars special!


Check out your first glimpse of Guy Gardner in Green Lantern: The Animated Series, plus brand new sneak peek clips from Fringe, Star Wars, Warehouse 13, Revolution, Once Upon a Time, TMNT, Avengers, Big Bang Theory and a ton of other shows!

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Alphas (8 PM, Syfy):
I haven't been able to recap this show, what with both Warehouse 13 and Revolution also on Monday nights. But I'm still enjoying the heck out of this season, and last week's episode about Rosen dealing with his traitor daughter was way more powerful than I'd expected. This week:

The true intentions of apparent-turncoat Hicks are revealed after he begins working for Parish, who is plotting to cause a blackout of epic proportions.

Who thinks that Hicks has really gone over to the other side? Looks like an obvious ruse.

Warehouse 13 (9 PM, Syfy):
The stakes are rising! Plus we get to see Mrs. Frederic and Steve Jinks teaming up — possibly for the first time since they had that possibly fake disagreement over torture last season.

Brother Adrian resorts to extreme measures, sending deadly artifacts to the agents' loved ones, to coerce Artie into reversing the Astrolabe's effects. Meanwhile, Mrs. Frederic and Steve uncover something shocking during a trip to the Vatican.

Revolution (10 PM, NBC):
Opinion seems sharply divided over the season opener — but we're still giving this show a chance at winning us over. The second episode of any show is arguably more important than the first, so this will be interesting. Here's what's up:

In order to rescue Danny (Graham Rogers), Miles (Billy Burke) knows he and the gang will need help. Thus, the search begins for Nora (Daniella Alonso), a rebel fighter battling against the Militia. Meanwhile, Aaron (Zak Orth) confides in Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips) and Danny lays witness to what Captain Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) is capable of.

Check out a clip from the new episode!

Also on TV tonight: The season opener of Castle, a show which stars Nathan Fillion and frequently includes science fiction shout-outs and improbable crime-fighting tech. That's on ABC at 10.



Dragons: Riders of Berk (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):
Check out a brand new clip from "Alvin and the Outcasts," which thankfully isn't about singing chipmunks. Instead, Alvin and his gang invade Berk, which is vulnerable after losing its armor and dragons.


Also on TV tonight: At 7 PM, Cartoon Network has a brand new Amazing World of Gumball. And there's a new Mysteries at the Museum on Travel at 9 PM.


LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (8 PM, Cartoon Network):
Yes, apparently the "empire strikes out" joke is so old, it's new again. This is the second LEGO Star Wars special, and this time around, the trailer has a definite "trying too hard to be funny" vibe. Is there really anywhere left to go with Star Wars spoofs, after Robot Chicken and Family Guy have both had a crack recently — even with a version aimed at kids? In any case, here's what's in store this time around:

In LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, premiering Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), a new Imperial threat has been detected and the good guys have to act fast. But Jedi-in-training Luke discovers that instant fame as a "Death-Star-Blower-Upper" can be a double-edged lightsaber, as his secret mission to Naboo is thwarted by those most unstoppable of foes — crazed fans! (It's hard being the galaxy's New Hope.) Meanwhile, Darth Vader sees his day go from bad to worse when his relationship with the Emperor is imperiled by the unexpected arrival of Darth Maul. Luke and Vader's quests to prove themselves lead them on a collision course with each other (literally) and their destiny.

The Neighbors (9:30 PM, ABC):
What could be less funny than yet another Star Wars spoof? Oh, wait. Here you go. Like we said the other day, this is a pretty horrendously unfunny sitcom which takes suburban family jokes and "aliens stranded on Earth" humor and mashes them up, for a double dose of unhumor. Here's the skinny:

The residents of Hidden Hills are a little... different. The Weavers have barely unpacked when 20 of their new neighbors show up in the driveway, standing in a triangle formation, each holding an identical cherry pie. Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) introduces himself as the "leader" of the community. Then he presents his wife, Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), and their two sons (yes, they're named after famous athletes - Dick Butkus and Reggie Jackson). As Debbie and Marty frantically try to make sense of the weird neighbors - European? A cult? Amish athletes? - they discover that the entire Hidden Hills community is comprised of aliens from the planet Zabvron. 'Turns out the Zabvronians have been holed up in Hidden Hills for the past 10 years, awaiting instructions from back home, and the Weavers are the first humans who have ever lived among them.

At first the Weavers are ready to cut and run. But the aliens seem harmless enough. And there is a lot of closet space... So they decide to stay and help their new neighbors adapt to life on this confusing planet we call home. But as the Weavers and the aliens face the struggles of everyday life together, they discover that some things - the ups and downs of marriage, the desire to be a good parent and raise a happy family - are universal, intergalactic even. And the Weavers realize they've found an ally in the family next door... even if they do cry out of their ears.

South Park (10 PM, Comedy Central):
And finally, there's the 16th season premiere of this show — as is customary, there are few details about what to expect. But here's a promo, and according to reader Sean Masterson, this episode is about the crew coming to grips with the concussion crisis among the football team.


Also on TV tonight: A brand new Robot and Monster on Nickelodeon at 7:30 PM.


Last Resort (8 PM, ABC):
Speaking of polarizing pilot episodes... people seem to love or hate the first episode of this show from The Shield's Shawn Ryan, directed by Martin Campbell (Green Lantern). We liked it a lot, for its tense submarine action and fast-paced apocalyptic storytelling. Here's what ABC wants you to know:

500 feet beneath the ocean's surface, the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado receive their orders. Over a radio channel, designed only to be used if their homeland has been wiped out, they're told to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan. Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) demands confirmation of the orders only to be unceremoniously relieved of duty by the White House. XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) finds himself suddenly in charge of the submarine and facing the same difficult decision. When he also refuses to fire without confirmation of the orders, the Colorado is targeted, fired upon, and hit. The submarine and its crew find themselves crippled on the ocean floor, declared rogue enemies of their own country. Now, with nowhere left to turn, Chaplin and Kendal take the sub on the run and bring the men and women of the Colorado to an exotic island. Here they will find refuge, romance and a chance at a new life, even as they try to clear their names and get home.


They will find romance? Really? Anyway, check out a couple clips.

Big Bang Theory (8 PM, CBS):
And here's the show that's probably going to help sink that submarine. Mostly worth mentioning because the "Wolowitz in space" storyline is continuing. Here's the details:

"The Date Night Variable" - With his friends on dates, Raj must face his loneliness. Also, Wolowitz is caught in an argument between Bernadette and his mom, even while he's in space.


Check out a clip from the aforementioned arguing, featuring 1990s-vintage "computer virus" jokes.

Person of Interest (9 PM, CBS):
We're more excited for this season premiere than almost any other — because this time we're going to get to see the future-predicting computer take a more active role in events, now that Finch has been kidnapped:

"The Contingency" - With Finch missing - kidnapped by his hacker nemesis, Root, in last season's finale cliffhanger - Reese enlists Detectives Carter and Fusco to get his friend back.


And Amy Acker is apparently now a recurring character. Amy Acker playing a hacker. What could be better?

Misfits (10 PM, Logo):
It's season two episode three, in which a tattoo artist has a particularly warped sort of mind-control power. And meanwhile, we finally learn the truth about Superhoodie!


Also on TV tonight: A new episode of Mad on Cartoon Network at 8. And the series premiere of Elementary, the American answer to Sherlock, featuring Lucy Liu as Watson. That's on CBS at 10 PM.


Transformers Prime (7 PM, The Hub):
It's an arms race among the transforming robots! Here's what's up in "Alpha; Omega":

Omega Keys and the secret they hold; Megatron takes extreme measures to harness the power of the Primes.

Fringe (9 PM, Fox):
Check out the shortest ever sneak peek from the fifth season opener. We've already told you how much this episode ruled — basically, it continues the tone and feel of last season's "Letters of Transit," and John Noble exceeds our already high expectations. Here's what's up:

The fifth and final season picks up from the ominous events of last season's "Letters of Transit" episode, in which the year is 2036 and the overpowering Observers rule. The Fringe team - preserved in amber for 20 years - is now a rebel resistance team fighting for freedom. Peter, reunited with his now adult daughter, Etta, sets out to find out what happened to his wife and Etta's mom - Olivia - as they start their mission to save the world from the Observers.

Grimm (9 PM, NBC):
This show returns to Friday nights after a brief stint on Mondays — with a Pilates Wolf-centric episode! Woo hoo.

MONROE GOES UNDERCOVER TO HELP NICK EXPOSE THE TRUTH ABOUT A LOCAL CHURCH AND ITS UNUSUAL FLOCK — When a local Reverend reports that his church has been robbed, Nick (David Giuntoli) quickly learns that it's a Wesen church, and enlists Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) to check for any suspicious activity regarding the shepherd's flock. Meanwhile, Nick and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) continue to figure out the rules of their relationship as a dangerous opponent lurks in the shadows with his sites on Nick.


Gravity Falls (9:30 PM, Disney):
In a nutshell, this is the episode that was supposed to air last week, where Lil' Gideon returns and tries to take away the Mystery Shack.

Haven (10 PM, Syfy):
Every TV show has to have a "horde of barbarians go on the rampage" episode — actually, that's not true at all. But Haven does, and we're grateful:

A horde of barbarians go on the rampage in Haven and Audrey and Nathan try to figure out which Troubled individual is responsible... and how to stop them.


Also on TV tonight: A brand new My Babysitter's a Vampire on Disney at 7:30. And then at 10 PM, Nicktoons has a brand new Dragon Ball GT ("The Six-Star Dragon").


Ben 10: Onniverse (9 AM, Cartoon Network):
Here's what to expect from "A Jolt from the Past": "The Megawhatts return and cause more trouble." Damn those Megawhatts.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9:30 AM, Cartoon Network):
According to Lucasfilm, the fifth season of Clone Wars brings us closer to the events of Revenge of the Sith, and that means at least one character will "meet their fate." Ominous! Check out a clip from "Revival," in which:

Maul and Savage Opress continue to wreak havoc in the galaxy. As part of Maul's wicked master plan, the Sith brothers recruit a cutthroat band of pirates. Obi-Wan Kenobi leads the Jedi hunt for Maul, which results in a lightsaber-clashing confrontation that will prove deadly.

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DC Nation (10 AM, Cartoon Network):
Both Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice are back — featuring lots of Guy Gardner action. But more importantly, the new shorts include the debut of Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld! Yeah. Here are some clips from Green Lantern and Justice League of Animals, plus another Amethyst picture and the relevant portion of the press release:

After thwarting the Red Lantern invasion into Guardian space, Hal, Kilowog, Razer and Aya must unravel the mystery of the Manhunters while battling the powerful Anti-Monitor. Young Justice: Invasion continues as the team (Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis), now led by Nightwing, and its new members (Robin, Blue Beetle, Beast Boy, Lagoon Boy, Wonder Girl, Bumblebee, Batgirl) go deeper and more covert than ever before. As team rivalry and personal conflicts arise, the team must band together to fight the real threat that faces Earth.

Rounding out the hour will be brand-new DC animated shorts such as JL Animals, a hilarious take on Justice League where animal versions of classic DC heroes show off their wild sides while facing trouble on the farm and Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld, which follows the adventures of nerdy and introverted Amy Winston as she does battle with the evil Dark Opal as Amethyst, the powerful princess and protector of Gem World. Favorites like New Teen Titans, S.B.F.F. and DC's World's Funnest from Aardman Studios will also make their return.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (11 AM, Nickelodeon):
Yet another reason to get up on Saturday morning! The Michael Bay movie may never actually happen (fingers crossed) but meanwhile, there's this reasonably faithful cartoon revival. Check out the raptastic theme song and a couple of clips. Plus here are some details:

The 26-episode, half-hour action-comedy series breathes new life into the wildly popular band of reptile brothers played by Jason Biggs (American Pie) as "Leonardo," Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) as "Raphael," Greg Cipes (Teen Titans) as "Michelangelo" and Rob Paulsen (Planet Sheen) as "Donatello" (Paulsen also voiced the original "Raphael" from 1987-1996 in the very first TMNT series). Rounding out the cast in the series' key roles are: Mae Whitman (Parenthood) as "April O'Neil," a gutsy and independent sixteen-year-old who befriends the Turtles after they save her from an alien attack; Hoon Lee (Royal Pains) as "Master Splinter," the Turtles' sensei and father figure and Kevin Michael Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar) as "Shredder," the commander of an evil ninja army called the Foot Clan and one of the deadliest martial artists in the world. Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles begins as the turtles emerge from their hidden lair in the sewers for the very first time, ready to confront the wondrous and hostile world of New York City and face enemies more dangerous and pizza more delicious than anything they could have imagined. Funnier and with more Ninjutsu than ever before, the show will explore the companionship of four teenage brothers learning to rely on themselves and one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and grow to become the heroes in a half-shell that they are destined to be.

Doctor Who (9 PM, BBC America):
It's the midseason finale! I know, that was a short half-season. And it's the very last adventure of Amy and Rory. Are they really going to buy the farm, as the show has been hinting for weeks? And is the Statue of Liberty really a Weeping Angel? Here's a Canadian teaser with a few extra scenes, plus here's what the BBC wants you to know:

The Doctor's heart-breaking farewell to Amy and Rory – a race against time through the streets of Manhattan, as New York's statues come to life around them…

With Rory's life in danger, the Doctor and Amy must locate him before it's too late! Luckily, an old friend helps them and guides the way.

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Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (9 PM, Syfy):
This is the third sequel to the 1999 horror-comedy classic starring Betty White and Bill Pullman, and we can only hope that the word "final" is actually meaningful here. Here's how Syfy describes this latest outing:

Following Betty White, Cloris Leachman, and Colin Ferguson - who were all part of the Bickerman clan in previous Lake Placid movies - horror icon Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger/Nightmare on Elm Street) plays Jim Bickerman, a poacher looking to score a big break on hides and eggs from these rare crocs.


Also on TV today: A brand new Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters at 2 PM on The Hub.


Ultimate Spider-Man/Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (11 AM, Disney XD):
The Spider-Man show keeps being as wacky as possible, while the Avengers cartoon seems to be trying to run through Marvel's greatest hits at maximum speed. This time:

"The Iron Octopus" - When Doctor Octopus takes over Iron Man's armors, Spider-Man and team work to stop his attacks on OsCorp and S.H.I.E.L.D.
"Winter Soldier" - Winter Soldier, Red Skull's top recruit, disobeys orders and saves Captain America's life.


Animation Domination (7:30 PM, FOX):
It's season one million of The Simpsons — much like DC One Million, that means that Springfield is a planet now or something. Actually, I made that up, and this is only season 24. In the season opener, Bart goes to New York to look for his old flame, voiced by Zooey Deschanel. Meanwhile, in Family Guy, the family gets stuck in a snowstorm as they try to climb Everest. And in American Dad, Roger tries to open a crooner bar. But first, in Cleveland Show, Kanye West plays himself in a storyline about a secret hip hop society. Yes, we're getting closer to that Zooey/Kanye crossover you've always wanted.

Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC):
It's the second season premiere of this fairytale show, which you have to admit has shown some guts in totally changing the game after just one year. Here are two sneak peeks, plus the official synopsis for "Broken":

Reality and myth begin to merge as the fairytale characters awaken from Evil Queen Regina's broken curse and remember who they were. But to their dismay, they aren't transported back to fairytale land. To make matters worse, Rumplestiltskin - aka Mr. Gold - in an effort to gain the upper hand in his power struggle with Regina, has introduced magic into the town. In fairytales magic has its place, but in our world it can have unfathomable consequences. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land, Prince Phillip awakens his sleeping beauty, Aurora (Sarah Bolger, "The Tudors"), but discovers that he and his traveling companion, Mulan (Jamie Chung, "Sucker Punch," "The Hangover Part II"), will soon have to face a deadly foe.

666 Park Ave. (10 PM, ABC):
Can this new supernatural soap opera win over fans of OUaT? After watching the pilot, we're doubtful. But you never know. Check out six (!) sneak peeks, and decide for yourself. And here's the official description:


What would you do to have everything you desire? Step inside "666 Park Avenue," New York's most seductive address. We all have some burning need, desire and ambition. For the residents of The Drake, the premier apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side, these will all be met - for a price - courtesy of the building's mysterious owner, Gavin Doran. But be careful what you wish for, because the price you may pay is your soul. ABC's wickedly sexy and spine-tingling new drama about fulfilling our deepest desires, "666 Park Avenue," will premiere SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET).

In the premiere episode, "Pilot," when Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable), an idealistic young couple from the Midwest, arrive in New York City, the glamorous center of industry and media, they are offered the opportunity to manage the historic Drake by its wealthy owners, Gavin (Terry O'Quinn) and Olivia Duran (Vanessa Williams) - and the seduction begins. Jane, a small town girl with big ambitions, always knew she wanted to be an architect. Henry, a member of the Mayor's staff, is grounded, intelligent and tenacious. They are lured by the intoxicating lifestyle of New York's wealthy elite. But they soon wonder what they've gotten themselves into when they unwittingly bump into the dark embrace of the building's mysterious supernatural forces which endanger the lives of their residents.

Gavin, who has many skeletons in his own closet, is at the height of his world and commands the dark power of The Drake. Olivia, his beautiful but enigmatic, supportive wife, wears her elegance, wealth and position in society like armor... but cracks will slowly be revealed.

Jane and Henry are not the only ones to fall prey to the machinations of Gavin and Olivia. There are other residents, including Brian Leonard (Robert Buckley), a young playwright pining for his early success and promise. Brian's wife, Louise (Mercedes Masöhn), is a rising hot star in the world of fashion photography. Alexis Blume (Helena Mattsson) is a troubled young woman who is the picture of obsession — what is her real connection to Gavin, and what part will she play in Brian and Louise's life? Tony DeMeo (Erik Palladino), The Drake's doorman, is the eyes and ears of the building. And then there is 14-year-old Nona Clark (Samantha Logan), who has a blossoming psychic ability, allowing her to look into the future of her fellow Drake occupants.

Sexy, enticing and captivating, home to an epic struggle of good versus evil, The Drake maintains a dark hold over all of its tenants in this new, chilling drama, tempting them through their ambitions and desires.


Robot Chicken (Midnight, Adult Swim/Cartoon Network):
In "Punctured Juguar," we get:

A look at a "Fast and Furious" sequel; a new role for Wilson from "Cast Away"; Scooby and the gang's newest member.

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Superjail! (12:15 AM, Adult Swim/Cartoon Network):
It's a third season of this completely demented show. Here's what they want you to know:

Complete with fist fights galore, baffling love triangles, and psychedelic animation that will melt your face off... Superjail! slams back in general population for a third season of destruction. Triple the insanity. Triple the crazy. Triple the pain of being kicked in the guts really hard.


Sources: Futon Critic, MSN TV, TV Guide, and various TV studio press releases.



So last year STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS aired in primetime (Friday nights on Cartoon Network). Is it now just going to be on Saturday mornings?